Sheraton Debuts Microsoft Surface in Hotels

13th August 2008 (Last Updated August 13th, 2008 18:30)

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has introduced Microsoft’s first commercially available surface computer into the lobbies of select hotels. Microsoft Surface is an interactive portal that provides guests with access to information and entertainment options. The 30in display is set

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has introduced Microsoft’s first commercially available surface computer into the lobbies of select hotels.

Microsoft Surface is an interactive portal that provides guests with access to information and entertainment options.

The 30in display is set into a table-like design, which several guests can use simultaneously.

The user interface is intuitive and works without a mouse or keypad, allowing guests to interact using touch and gestures.

System applications include satellite maps and tools to search for local restaurants and bars, entertainment, recreation, shopping and transportation, and services such as banks and pharmacies.

The system also offers a digital jukebox, from which guests can create their own playlists from Sheraton’s selections of Sony BMG artists, and a searchable photo gallery.

The technology will also allow guests to interact with each other, creating a unique social networking experience.

The technology will be unveiled at five hotels in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and New York.

By Daniel Garrun